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Many donors will seek to contribute to veterans and military service charities this Memorial Day weekend. BBB’s Give.org is pleased to share the following tips to make sure contributors can donate with confidence and avoid questionable appeal circumstances.

Many donors will seek to contribute to veterans and military service charities this Memorial Day weekend. BBB’s Give.org is pleased to share the following tips to make sure contributors can donate with confidence and avoid questionable appeal circumstances.

Do You Know the Exact Name of the Charity? Look at the charity name carefully since some veterans organizations have similar sounding names.

What Are the Charity’s Programs? You cannot assume what the veterans organization does based on their name alone. Visit the charity’s website and view the appeal to see if it includes a clear description of the charity’s programs.

Do You Take Precautions on Phone Appeals? Some charity telemarketing campaigns can be expensive if not managed well, with little going to the charity. Don’t hesitate to ask for written information or visit the group’s website to find out about its programs and finances before making a giving decision.

Were You Pressured to Give Immediately? Charities will be happy to receive your donation at your convenience. Be wary of solicitors demanding an on-the-spot giving decision.

Ask the Charity How They Benefit From Donated Clothing or Other Items? Many veterans and military service organizations will be pleased to received donated items such as used clothing, but visit their website or call them to verify they take such donations. Also don’t hesitate to ask them how they benefit. Sometimes the charity receives only a small portion of the resale price of the item or may have a contractual arrangement to get a flat fee for every household pick-up, no matter what the contents.

Have You Vetted the Charity with Outside Sources? Access BBB charity reports on BBB’s Give.org to see if they meet the BBB Charity Standards. Also see if the charity is registered with your state government’s charity registration agency, usually a division of either the Attorney General’s office or Secretary of State’s office. About 40 U.S. states require charities to register.

This list shows nationally-soliciting veterans and military service charities that meet all 20 of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability (i.e., BBB Accredited Charities.) Click on the links to access reports on each group.

America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps

Armed Services YMCA of the USA

Blinded Veterans Association

Blue Star Families

Boot Campaign

Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Foundation

Code of Support Foundation

Corporate America Supports You

Disabled American Veterans

EOD Warrior Foundation

Green Beret Foundation

Homes for Our Troops

Honor Flight Network

K9s for Warriors

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

Military with PTSD

National Military Family Association

Operation First Response

Operation Homefront

Puppy Jake Foundation

Soldiers’ Angels

Team Red, White & Blue

Travis Manion Foundation

USA Cares

USO

Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

VFW Foundation

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Family Support

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